Benjamin Moore Calm

Benjamin Moore Calm Paint Color



Benjamin Moore Calm Paint


Today I thought I’d talk about one of my favorite paint colors, Benjamin Moore Calm.

It’s also one of the paint colors I get asked about the most.

So, it seems a post on this topic is long overdue!

Benjamin Moore Calm is the color we have on our family room walls here in Connecticut.

You can see it “in situ” in the photo above.


First time with Calm


First off, for starters, we used Benjamin Moore’s Calm in our family room in our previous house in New York.

That’s when we fell in love with this versatile, chic shade.

You can see this in the photo below.

This color is also known as OC -22.

The “OC” stands for original color.  I don’t know why I know that?

But, I digress….


family room painted in BM calm





Anyway, we love this paint color so much we decided to use it again in our current home.

We knew it would look great because we were going to use all the same furniture in this room again.

Well, everything except for the rug, which didn’t fit the new space.




Second time using Calm


As you can see, using a light gray rug in our current home gave the whole room a much more cohesive, modern look.

The natural light in our new home is much different as well.

As a result, light matters!  All light sources will always change how the very same paint color looks on a wall.

Because time of day and lighting can drastically change the look of a paint color, it’s important to test samples out first on the wall.

So be sure to look at them in different light.

Having a paint colors fan deck like this one, while not necessary, makes it easier to find complimentary colors.

Another GREAT thought: I haven’t personally tried these, but the idea of large self sticking paint samples sounds brilliant!

If you’re at all curious, you can check them out and order them here!





Just like our previous home, we chose to have the trim and ceiling painted in Benjamin Moore White Dove with a semi gloss sheen.

You can read all about paint colors for trim work here, and paint colors for ceilings here!

Personally, I love the versatility of this color.

Just like it’s name suggests, it does have a “calm” effect on the room.




Benjamin Moore’s Calm is the perfect shade if you’re looking to paint a room white or a pale neutral color, but you still want a hint of tone.

Don’t forget, you can always add some white paint to a color, any color really – to get the exact look you want.

Play around with adding different percentages of white, any hardware or paint store will be very familiar with this practice.

Depending on the light and time of day, it appears to look light gray and or white.

So for more white paint ideas, be sure to check out this post here.

However, if you’re leaning more towards using a gray paint color, you’ll want to check out this post here.

In other words, Benjamin Moore’s Calm is a very versatile, neutral color.

Not to confuse the issue, but if you’re looking for a paint with just a bit more gray, check out Sea Salt, it’s very pretty!

And, for a gray with a bit more warmth, there’s Balboa Mist, also by Benjamin Moore.

You can compare all these paint colors together here.


Hope you found this post helpful.

If you do end up using Calm on your own walls, let me know! I’d love to see it.

If you’re curious, you can always see more of our current home here.

I hope you found these examples helpful!

If you have any other questions, please shoot me an email or leave it in the comments below.

Also, don’t miss this post on the top three white paints for trim and baseboards.

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